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Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow
     

Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow

by David Soman, Jacky Davis
 

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In this hardcover picture book from the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl  series, Ladybug Girl and Bingo need to look on the bright side of things to make their snow day adventure as much fun as it should be.
 
Lulu and her dog Bingo wake up to a snow-covered yard and decide to have the best snow day ever. They make

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In this hardcover picture book from the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl  series, Ladybug Girl and Bingo need to look on the bright side of things to make their snow day adventure as much fun as it should be.
 
Lulu and her dog Bingo wake up to a snow-covered yard and decide to have the best snow day ever. They make penguin tracks and taste the frosting-like snow. But the snow is deep and cold, and when Lulu tries to build a fort or make a snowball, her mittens are too wet and snow falls down the back of her neck. This is not the day she planned. And then Lulu remembers that she is Ladybug Girl and Ladybug Girl can do anything! With another determined look at the snow, Ladybug Girl overcomes her frustration and sees the yard in a whole new light. She and Bingo are now ready to use their imaginations to create their own snow games, snow animals, and snow adventures! 
 
For fans of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow honors the magic of the outdoors and creativity!

Editorial Reviews

Lulu (a.k.a. Ladybug Girl) is out for a winter romp with her faithful pooch Bingo, but nothing seems to be going right. Disasters seem to come at her from every direction: Her snow fortress collapses; her head gets wet; her feet get soggy. Finally though, she realizes that she is Ladybug Girl and comes to her senses. An inspiring picture book series story for Ladybug Girls in training.

Publishers Weekly
A heavy snowfall offers a blank canvas for Ladybug Girl’s imagination, as well as some frustrations. Bundled up in a many-layered winter version of her trademark ladybug outfit, Lulu explores the yard, tries to build a snow castle, and invents pretend games involving snow giants and dragons. However, snow can be cold, unwieldy, and difficult to navigate, and Soman and Davis highlight the value of perseverance as setbacks threaten to dampen Lulu’s spirits (and clothing). Some of Lulu’s successes owe a bit too heavily to “winter magic” rather than her own efforts, but her seventh picture book should have fans watching the skies for first snowflakes. Ages 3–5. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow:

“The story incorporates creative, dramatic ideas into Lulu’s outdoor play that will appeal to young children’s imaginations. A fine choice for young readers on a cold winter night, especially when enjoyed with a cup of hot chocolate in front of a fire like the one Ladybug Girl, Bingo and her brother curl up in front of.”—Kirkus

“Highlight[s] the value of perseverance as setbacks threaten to dampen Lulu’s spirits (and clothing)…Should have fans watching the skies for first snowflakes.” —PW

“The characters leap from spread to spread, and the text has amazing exuberance. Crisp and clean watercolor and line illustrations feature numerous chucklesome aspects…. The images exemplify what the words need not explain–with just a little imagination the average snowflake can transform the familiar into a world full of wonder.”—School Library Journal

 

School Library Journal
09/01/2013
PreS-Gr 1—Ladybug Girl and her trustworthy canine companion are back in this story about the joys of winter. Lulu wakes up to a magical morning outside her window: an unexpected blanket of snow. Dressing in her snow gear, she rushes outdoors with Bingo to find that all the trees, bushes, and grass look like giant frosted cakes. Lulu and Bingo play in the white wonderland, sculpting snow into various whimsical objects and imagining such things as a giant penguin, a snow castle, and a dragon soaring high above the glittery frozen land. The characters leap from spread to spread, and the text has amazing exuberance. Crisp and clean watercolor and line illustrations feature numerous chucklesome aspects, such as Lulu's varied facial expressions-from frustration to contentment. The images exemplify what the words need not explain-with just a little imagination the average snowflake can transform the familiar into a world full of wonder. Pair this with Leonid Gore's Danny's First Snow (S & S, 2007) for a wintry storytime treat.—Krista Welz, The North Bergen Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
In the latest adventure in the popular Ladybug Girl series, Lulu and her basset hound, Bingo, enjoy a day of play outside in freshly fallen snow. Lulu sets off for a winter ramble in her customary all-red clothing, coordinated from her ladybug-antenna earmuffs to her polka-dot boots. At first, she and Bingo romp through the snow in casual play, but then Ladybug Girl shifts into superhero mode and finds her own challenges in creating a snow-castle sculpture and attempting to plow through deep snow to climb a hill. When Lulu and Bingo reach the top of the hill, they find that their attempted snow sculpture looks just like Bingo. Lulu's older brother is impressed with the quality of her sculpture, and they create more snow animals before returning home together. The story incorporates creative, dramatic ideas into Lulu's outdoor play that will appeal to young children's imaginations. Soman's appealing watercolor-and-ink illustrations enhance Lulu's spunky personality as well as that of her faithful companion, and his snow-covered scenes with hazy blue shadows capture the frosty feel of outdoor play in winter months. A fine choice for young readers on a cold winter night, especially when enjoyed with a cup of hot chocolate in front of a fire like the one Ladybug Girl, Bingo and her brother curl up in front of. (Picture book. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803735835
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/17/2013
Series:
Ladybug Girl Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
125,449
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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From the Publisher

Praise for Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow

“The story incorporates creative, dramatic ideas into Lulu’s outdoor play that will appeal to young children’s imaginations. A fine choice for young readers on a cold winter night, especially when enjoyed with a cup of hot chocolate in front of a fire like the one Ladybug Girl, Bingo and her brother curl up in front of.”--Kirkus

“Highlight[s] the value of perseverance as setbacks threaten to dampen Lulu’s spirits (and clothing)…Should have fans watching the skies for first snowflakes.” --PW

Meet the Author

David Soman and Jacky Davis are the husband-and-wife creative team behind the New York Times bestselling LADYBUG GIRL books. They write the stories together and then David does the illustrations. All of the stories are based on their own children and family experiences, many of which take place right in their own backyard. Jacky Davis has worked in publishing and television. David Soman comes from a family of artists. He is an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. They live in Upstate New York with their two kids.

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